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The Effects of Blood Doping

Blood doping refers to the infusion of red blood cells in people. By increasing red blood cell count, a person is able to increase the rate at which they use oxygen. This provides a very useful aerobic capacity boost if one was a professional athlete, so much so that it is in fact an illegal practice in most sports. The greater appeal of blood doping, as opposed to other forms of performance enhancement, is that blood doping can be of benefit to any sport: you always need oxygen to perform an action, but a cross country runner might have little interest in anabolic steroids. Because of the wide appeal, it is a matter worth the most immediate attention in the world of performance enhancing drugs and techniques. Other than just being an unfair advantage in sports, there are serious medical side effects resulting from blood transfusions. Increasing red blood cell ratios creates unnaturally high blood viscosity, which is an unnatural medium for the heart to pump, and greatly increases risk of blood clotting problems,. Improper storage and the use of another person's blood cells create a much larger list of side effects, including infections, as well as blood and liver diseases. The purpose of my literature review will be to inform the specific processes involved in blood doping, the aerobic advantage when performed correctly, and lastly the detrimental side effects that may arise.

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This is a very interesting topic. I, myself, am an athlete and have never heard of this practice. It would be a great advantage to many athletes, but why would any want to risk exposing themselves to such detrimental side effects. I would say that the cons without question outweigh the pros. It would be interesting to know what one could do to eliminate the chance of the side effects occuring. What other medical procedures can be added to blood doping to make it a perfectly sound practice? Ther might not be any. However, this is a very neat topic. I would be very interested in learning what blood doping could do for an athlete.

This is a very interesting topic, but I am curious as to what it is exactly that you will be attempting to argue? Are you merely listing facts about Blood doping, or are you suppose to come up with some controversial argument regarding this topic? Perhaps it would be interesting to explore how this phenomenon was born. What were the contributing factors to it's creation? What makes this such a controversial issue? What are some of the global implications if such an infusion were legal? How would this change the sports world as we know it? Seems like you've got a good grasp on the topic. Good luck with your argument!

This is a very interesting topic, but I am curious as to what it is exactly that you will be attempting to argue? Are you merely listing facts about Blood doping, or are you suppose to come up with some controversial argument regarding this topic? Perhaps it would be interesting to explore how this phenomenon was born. What were the contributing factors to it's creation? What makes this such a controversial issue? What are some of the global implications if such an infusion were legal? How would this change the sports world as we know it? Seems like you've got a good grasp on the topic. Good luck with your argument!

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